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Blessing the Boats - From quilting (1991), "lot's wife 1988" Summary & Analysis

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From quilting (1991), "lot's wife 1988" Summary

This poem compares the poet's childhood homes and memories to Lot's wife turning back to look at her own homes and memories. The poet's father thought that each home would be permanent, but the family moved. Clifton remembers not so much the homes as the weeds. She stares at the weeds as a child, so much that she can remember each of them as a day. She also stares at the mirror to see if she is really there, both as a child and now in the present as an adult.

From quilting (1991), "lot's wife 1988" Analysis

This poem uses the symbol of weeds to pinpoint places where her family lived as she was growing up. Her father hoped that the home he bought at 11 Harwood Place would be the permanent place of the...

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